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Citing Literary Works

Works Cited (Poetry)

Poem from a Book

(1) Author. Angelou, Maya.
(2) "Title of Source." "Still I Rise."
(3) Title of Container, Making Literature Matter: An Anthology for Readers and Writers,
(4) Other contributors, edited by John Schilb and John Clifford,
(5) Version, 7th ed.,
(6) Number,
(7) Publisher, Bedford/St. Martin's,
(8) Publication date, 2020,
(9) Location. pp. 127-131.

Putting it all together:

Angelou, Maya. "Still I Rise." Making Literature Matter: An Anthology for Readers and Writers, edited by John Schilb and John Clifford, 7th ed., Bedford/St. Martin's, 2020, pp. 127-131.


Poem from a Website

(1) Author. Angelou, Maya.
(2) "Title of Source." "Still I Rise."
(3) Title of Container, Poetry Foundation,
(4) Other contributors,
(5) Version,
(6) Number,
(7) Publisher,
(8) Publication date, 2020,
(9) Location. www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46446/still-i-rise.

Putting it all together:

Angelou, Maya. "Still I Rise." Poetry Foundation, 2020, www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46446/still-i-rise.

In-Text (Poetry)

Keep quotes brief - ideally just a few words.  The purpose of quotes is to set up your analysis, so only quote what is necessary to make you point.  There are two ways to format quotes:

Brief Quotes Block Quotes
Length of Your Quote
  • 3 or fewer lines of poetry
  • 4 or more lines of poetry
How to Use Run brief quotes into the body of your paper and use in-text citations.

Use block quotes only when absolutely necessary, and be sure to provide extensive analysis if you do.

Write a sentence to introduce the block quote, and end the sentence with a colon instead of a period.

Indent 1/2" on the left margin.

Add an in-text citation at the end of the block quote, after the final punctuation.

Original

...

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
    
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

...

Brief Quote

Line breaks in brief quotes for poetry are indicated with a slash (/) and stanza breaks with a double slash (//).

Maya Angelou evokes natural forces "Just like moons and like suns, / With the certainty of tides," to demonstrate strength and the inevitability of her rise ("Still I Rise" lines 9-10).  When she writes "Still I'll rise. // Did you want to see me broken? / Bowed head and lowered eyes?", she insists that she will rise even if the reader did not expect or want her to do so (lines 12-14).

Block Quote

Angelou evokes natural forces to demonstrate strength and insists that she will rise even if the reader did not expect or want her to do so:

With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
    
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes? (lines 10-14)